About this project
edit: please don't forget to check out the FAQ's concerning color selection, which you will be asked once the campaign is over, as well as update #2 for more details on stretch goals.
I'm here to launch the twenty & twenty model of enclave eyewear.
As a college student in Santa Barbara, CA, I struggled to find the right pair of sunglasses. I didn’t want the cheap acrylic and PC sunglasses you see everywhere that crack, warp, and form stress marks at the first signs of wear and don't really protect your eyes.
I also disliked that a few large powerhouses are running a sunglass monopoly and overcharging for glasses that really aren't made that well. For example, Ray Ban, Oakley, and SunglassHut are actually owned by the same parent company, Luxottica, that controls the design, manufacturing, pricing, and distribution of their branded sunglasses. This results in prices disproportionate to quality.
With Enclave's twenty&twenty model, I wanted to get away from these two extremes and offer a high quality product without the brand inflation. I wanted glasses I would want to bring to a party or wear at the beach but not have to worry about dropping or scratching them. Glasses that actually protect my eyes and look good at the same time. My glasses feature polarized, UV400 protected lenses and a memory frame that's unbelievably durable.
My goal is to offer an honest product that doesn't sacrifice quality.
TWENTY & TWENTY MODEL:
If we get funded, the twenty&twenty model will be our signature line, which is why we're offering it first on Kickstarter. I took my own product design experience and created electronic renditions to source samples and refine the design, colors, and materials used in the twenty&twenty line. The final product couples polarized polycarbonate lenses with a durable, lightweight, BPA-free memory frame. As a reward for your pledge, please choose from any of the seven colors below.
I believe that you deserve to know what goes into your sunglasses and we've done our best to source the highest quality materials available.
6-layer Polarized Polycarbonate Lens:
Polycarbonate is seen in a wide range of applications, most interesting to us is its use in bullet-resistant glass, aircraft canopies, and riot shields. It is lighter and harder than plastic lenses (CR-39), making it extremely scratch resistant. It is chosen for its unparalleled clarity and shatter-resistant properties (30x more so than glass); the same reasons we use it for our lenses.
The lens begins with a polarized polycarbonate core, which is then thermally fused to five additional layers. Two UV filters block 100% of UVA and UVB ultraviolet rays up to 400 nanometers. A flash color film further reduces glare and acts as a one-way-mirror (only on the mirror lenses). And finally two scratch resistant films that keep everything protected and looking good.
Thermoplastic Memory Frame:
The frames are an injection molded thermoplastic memory polymer that can be put under extreme pressure and still return to its original shape.
It is a durable, forgiving material that allows the frame to flex comfortably to your face, avoiding stress fractures and other damage you see in cheaper frames. It is amazingly light, not degraded by UV wavelengths or human sweat, and is BPA and EA free. The increased flexibility and strength can withstand more abuse and sit comfortably on any face, giving it a clear advantage over other common frame materials.
WHERE KICKSTARTER COMES IN:
We've sourced a leading manufacturer of frames and lenses which are hand assembled, polished, and packaged to our exact specifications. But we need your help to go from working prototype to full scale production. Your pledge will go towards production and high-strength steel moulds necessary for the factory to turn out the quality we want on a larger scale. If the goal is met and barring any setbacks I expect to be shipping these out to you from sunny Southern California by October!
As a reward for your pledge we're going to send you the first production run of the twenty&twenties.
All reward levels will include a limited edition Kickstarter microfiber pouch for each pair of sunglasses and free shipping within the United States (including Hawaii and Alaska). For international shipping please add $7. At the end of the Kickstarter campaign, you will receive a survey so you can specify which colors you would like.
$30 pledge: one pair of twenty&twenties (any colors) + microfiber pouch
$55 pledge: two pairs of twenty&twenties (any colors) + microfiber pouches
$105 pledge: four pairs of twenty&twenties (any colors) + microfiber pouches
$180 pledge: The Collection - all seven colors of the twenty&twenty line
$250 pledge: ten pairs of twenty&twenties (any colors) + microfiber pouches
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